Border Criminologies and the Centre for Criminology


Dr. Peter Mancina is a cultural and political anthropologist, ethnographer, and historian.

His interest lays in the cultural foundations of and cultural influences upon governmental power, systems of governance, policing, immigration control, everyday policy implementation, and social movement organising. Mancina holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Vanderbilt University, and his work has been funded by the United States National Science Foundation and the Wenner-Gren Foundation.

His current work examines the manner in which “sanctuary city” and “sanctuary state” policies in the United States clarify, bureaucratise, operationalise, moralise, and normalise local law enforcement protocols for assisting federal immigration enforcement authorities in detaining and deporting individuals accused of or convicted of crimes. Mancina is writing a book titled Sanctuary City in the Age of Mass Deportation examining three decades of grassroots organising, governmental power struggles, and law enforcement experimentation to implement sanctuary city policies in San Francisco, California. Secondly, he is completing a policy implementation report that examines the implementation of California's 2018 “sanctuary state” law named "The California Values Act" (SB54).This report examines data from over 300 law enforcement agencies throughout the state. Mancina has served as an adviser to universities, colleges, regional transit systems, politicians, and immigrant rights organizations that aimed to implement sanctuary policies, and regularly appears in the media. He has been Assistant Editor for the scholarly journal Ancient Mesoamerica and currently is book review editor for Border Criminologies.For more information about Mancina, visit his personal website



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